Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Prof Chen I-Ming

Professor, School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Director, Intelligent Systems Centre, School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE)

Prof Chen I-Ming

Dr. Chen, Fellow of IEEE (Class of 2012) and Fellow of ASME, has been with the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering of Nanyang Technological University in Singapore since 1995. He is currently Director of Intelligent Systems Center in NTU, a partnership between Singapore Technology Engineering Ltd. and NTU. He was JSPS Visiting Scholar in Kyoto University in 1999 and Tokyo University in 2009, Visiting Scholar in the Department of Mechanical Engineering of MIT in 2004, and Fellow of Singapore-MIT Alliance under Innovation in Manufacturing Systems and Technology (IMST) Program (2002-2007). He was also Adjunct Professor of Xian Jiao Tong University, China (2002-2007). His research interests are in wearable sensors, human-robot interaction, reconfigurable automation, parallel kinematics machines (PKM), biomorphic underwater robots, and smart material based actuators. Dr. Chen has published more than 270 technical articles in refereed international journals and conferences and book chapters. He is now serving on the editorial board of Mechanism and Machine Theory, Robotica (Cambridge Univ Press), and Frontiers of Mechanical Engineering (Springer-Verlag). He was Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Robotics from 2006 to 2011 and Technical Editor of IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics from 2003 to 2009. He was General Chair of IEEE International Conference on Cybernetics, Intelligent Systems and Robotics, Automation and Mechatronics (CIS-RAM) 2006, Bangkok, Thailand and General Chair of 2009 IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics (AIM’09) in Singapore 14-17 July 2009. He is now Chairman of IFToMM Technical Committee on Robotics and Mechatronics, and member of RoboCup Singapore National Committee. He had been Chairman of IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, Singapore Chapter from 2003-2005, Chairman of Prototyping for Robotics and Automation Technical Committee under IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (2003-2007), Council member of Singapore Industrial Automation Association (2001-2003), and Chairman of Singapore Committee for the Technologies of Machines and Mechanisms (SicToMM - country member of IFToMM) from 2001 to 2003. He will be the General Chairman of IFToMM ISRM 2013 in Singapore (Oct 2-4, 2013) and also General Chairman of IEEE ICRA 2017 in Singapore (May 8-12, 2017).
Research Interests
1) Mechatronics system design: cable-driven systems, biomorphic robots, entertainment robots;
2) Wearable sensors and haptic devices;
3) Body sensor network, wireless sensor network and sensor grid;
4) Reconfigurable automation;
5) Parallel kinematics machines (PKM);
6) Micro- and nano-manipulation systems;
7) Spherical actuators and smart material based actuators;
8) Robotic locomotion.
Current Projects
  • Animatronic Avatar: Development of a Robotic Avatar for Telepresence Interaction and Communication
  • Automated robot item picking system in eCommerce warehouse
  • Automatic Evaluation of Engineering Design
  • Development of a Robotic System for Large Diameter Sewerage System Inspection
  • Development of novel intelligent systems and sensor networks
  • Intelligent Systems, Cyber-Physical Infrastructures And Human Assistive Technologies(Co-Principal Investigator: Dr Lim Hock Beng)
  • Manpower Development For Intelligent Systems, Cyber-PhysicalInfrastructures And Human Assistive Technologies01.10.2012 - 30.09.2013
  • PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT: Scientific Frameworks and Enabling Technologies for Robot-mediated Home Rehabilitation
  • Remote Monitoring of Rehabilitation in Patients
  • Robotic End-Effectors with Integrated Perception for Professional Services
  • Robotics for Construction 4.0
  • SHARP Grant - Development and POC of Intelligent Surgical Instrument Management (iSIM)
  • Semi-Autonomous Assistive Shelver: Aged Worker Enabling Technology at Supermarkets
  • Semi-Autonomous Assistive Shelver: Aged Worker Enabling Technology at Supermarkets (CGH)
  • Social Robots for Healthcare Delivery at the Pharmacy and Geriatric Day Hospital
  • Soft and Hybrid Robotics Phase 1
  • Validation Study of Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) as a low-cost substitute for high-fidelity CPR-training manikins
  • Variable-reluctance spherical motor for high-precision manipulation
Selected Publications
  • Teo, T. J., Chen, I-M., Yang, G., Lin, W. (2008). A Flexure-Based Electromagnetic Linear Actuator. Nanotechnology, 19, 315501-315510.
  • Kwang Yong Lim, Young Koon Goh, Wei Dong, Kim Doang Nguyen, I-Ming Chen, Song Huat Yeo, Henry Been Lirn Duh, Chung Gon Kim. (2007). A Wearable, Self-Calibrating, Wireless Sensor Network for Body Motion Processing. 2008 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2008).
  • Teo, T. J., Chen , I.-M., Yang, G., Lin, W. (2007). Magnetic Field Modeling of a Dual-magnet Configuration. Applied Physics A, 102.
  • Yang, G. L., Chen, I.-M. (2006). Equi-volumatric Partition of Solid Spheres with Applications to Orientation Workspace Analysis of Robot Manipulators. IEEE Transactions on Robotics, 22(5), 869-879.
  • Chen I.M., Tay R, Xing S, Yeo S.H. (2004). Marionette: From Traditional Manpulation to Robotic Manipulation. IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine, 12(1), 59-74.

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